No public transport is safe these days for travelling. Be it a bus, autorickshaw, or even Delhi Metro. According to a study conducted by CISF, the agency that looks after the security of Delhi Metro, found that the area near ticket counters at metro stations are most vulnerable to thefts. The findings showed that 90% cases of bag-lifting took place in this area. These findings were shared with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and based on it the architecture of around 90% metro stations in Phase-3 has been planned to keep the crowd segregated at frisking points, automatic ticket vending machines, and ticket counters, says a Hindustan Times report.
A defined corner for ticket vending machines, longer walls to separate the paid area, CCTV cameras at strategic points and automated platform gates are some additional security features in Phase-3. “A corner for ticket vending machines has been planned at 90 % of the stations as dependency on it is expected to increase in the coming months. The Metro plans to replace ticket counters with vending machines by the end of 2017. In the other 10% stations, it could not be done due to space constraints, officials said. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation currently has over 200 such machines,” the report adds.
The frisking points too will be at a distance from the smart card counters, he added. The height of gates separating the paid area of the metro stations has been increased to 7ft from the earlier 3.5ft, a metro official told Hindustan Times. The Delhi Metro is set to add over 100 stations, 159 kilometers of network and millions of new passengers in Phase-3. The stations are being opened in phases and the entire network is expected to be operational by mid-2017.